The Reds’ continental campaign has just ended terribly. They failed to revenge the 2018 final edition against Madrid and were unable to go through to semifinal. Now, with only seven games remaining, there is only one objective left, sealing the Champions League spot for next season. They are still sitting on the seventh with four points behind Leicester City on the third. Liverpool will have to compete against Chelsea and West Ham plus probably Spurs besides The Foxes. This weekend would be a tricky fixture for them as they will be travelling to Elland Road, Leeds, the expected dark horse this season.
The teams’ previous matches
Leeds United secured a massive win last weekend when they thumped Manchester City 2-1 on the road despite playing with 10 men only. Stuart Dallas opened the score sheet at the first half, the home side then equalised through Ferran Torres after Liam Cooper was sent off. Yet, they did not give up and managed to found the winning goal as Dallas completed his brace from a counter attack scenario.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s men finally ended their negative trend at home after making a classic Liverpool comeback while taking on Aston Villa. Conceded by Ollie Watkins first, Mo Salah bagged an equaliser after taking advantage of the deflected ball before Trent Alexander Arnold netted a late winning goal.
Marcelo Bielsa is still likely to deploy 4-4-1-1 this time considering the absence of his two impressive attacking midfielders for this fixture, Raphinha and Rodrigo Moreno. Helder Acosta is likely to deputise Raphinha on the right wing while Tyler Roberts should feature behind Patrick Bamford, their main frontman.
Jurgen Klopp will still be opting for 4-3-3 formation with Diogo Jota, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane as the front three. The German boss does not seem to worry too much anymore with the improvement of Nate Phillips and Ozan Kabak to cover Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip who are still ruled out alongside Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones. In the midfield, Thiago Alcantara and Xerdan Shaqiri or Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are the best option to accompany Fabinho.
Players to watch
In Leeds, Patrick Bamford is certainly their prolific striker with 14 goals and 7 assists this season. Some other notable names to watch are Stuart Dallas and Jack Harrison. Both have bagged seven goals each.
The former Wolves man, Diogo Jota is the one The Reds count on more for scoring besides Mo Salah. The Portuguese international has scored eight goals in Premier League this season, more than Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino.
Leeds vs Liverpool Prediction
This match is likely to be as exciting as the reverse fixture with potential goal galore. Fabinho and Co must be careful with their swift counter attack if they do not want to end up like The Citizens. The stalemate seems to be a fair result here.
The punters apparently are still in favour of Jurgen Klopp’s men to win with the odds to win at 5/7, whereas Luke Ayling and Co are projected to win only at 41/10. The draw is at the value of 7/2.